BOSTON -- Red Sox righty Andrew Bailey, after two successful Gulf Coast League outings, is ready for the next step in his Minor League rehab, which will come Sunday for Double-A Portland.
Bailey underwent right thumb surgery the day before the regular season started. His rehab was halted for a while by some discomfort in his right forearm.
But all systems appear go for Bailey at this point.
"I feel like I'm throwing good," Bailey said. "It's nice to be on a mound and not have to worry about health issues. That's the key. Now it's back to baseball, getting back here and helping the team win. One step at a time. I know I'm pitching tomorrow, then we'll kind of re-evaluate. I'm sure they want to get me through some schedule stuff with back-to-back, that kind of stuff."
Though the Red Sox traded for Bailey with the idea he'd be their closer, the timing of his comeback means he'll likely serve in more of a supplemental role for the rest of this season.
"I don't [care], frankly," said Bailey. "I just want to play and get to the playoffs. [Alfredo Aceves] and the whole bullpen has been doing great this year. Whatever role they see fit, that's what I'm going to do. If it's setting up, if it's doing whatever, that's fine by me and we'll address it next spring."